Best Pet Snake Breeds

Are you considering bringing a snake into your North West London home? Snakes are captivating and enchanting animals, and they are very beautiful, but they are not for everyone. If you find yourself drawn to snakes, then you may be on your way to finding a great match in a pet, but you’ll want to do plenty of research before making a final decision.

Caring for a snake is very different from caring for a dog or cat. A snake won’t jump for joy to greet you when you come home from work, and it isn’t likely to flip over for a belly rub, or want to catch a Frisbee. Snakes can be very friendly and amiable, however, and you can absolutely hold your snake while relaxing or watching TV. Snakes require specific environments, so setting up their habitats with the correct size aquarium, and the proper levels of heat, light, shade, and moisture are very important for proper snake care.

Here are a few good choices for starter snakes:

Corn Snakes

Corn snakes are the most popular breed of snake that is kept as a pet in the U.S. They are typically quite easy to care for, and are very docile. These beautiful reptiles come in many different colors. Typically, they will grow to be between three and five feet, and can live up to 20 years. Corn snakes are rather notorious escape artists, though, so if you choose to get one, you’ll want to be sure that your pet’s cage is very secure.

King Snakes

King snakes, and their cousins, milk snakes, also are great choices for a first-time snake owner. They are very beautiful, and come in a variety of colors and patterns. King snakes and milk snakes both tend to become quite tame with proper handling. They can grow quite large, and may get up to six feet in length. Like corn snakes, they can live up to 20 years.

Ball Pythons

Ball Pythons are another breed of snake that make great pets. Typically, ball pythons are very tame, and rarely bite. They can grow up to about five and a half feet, and can live up to 25 years. Ball pythons can be finicky eaters, so you may find your pet wants live prey, rather than frozen.

Just as with any animal, you should do thorough research before choosing a snake for a pet. These beautiful, enchanting animals are quite long-lived, and can live up to 25 years in captivity, so be sure you are prepared to keep your scaled buddy for a long time!

Please contact your North West London vet with any questions about your pet snake.

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